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range of companies. >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is bbc world news america. i am rajesh. rupert murdoch will appear on the phone hacking scnadal as the -- scandal as the fbi starts it s investigation. a crackdown in syria continues, and we cross the border to see how thousands are living. pages.e of jane austen's this is not i nthn the hands of the highest bidder.
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>> we say welcome to our viewers in america and around the globe. next tuesday, rupert murdoch and his son, james ,will appear before british lawmakers about the phone hacking scandal. the fbi has opened an investigation into the hacking into the phones of 9/11 victims. we have this report from the deputy politcal editor. >> parlaiment wants to hold rebecca brooks and james and rupert murdoch to account, to answer questions about why so
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many people's phones were hacked in the name of news. it was a summons they could not ignore. >> it just is insane. you can't hide away. you can't hide away from this level of anguish and anger. >> the murdochs were reluctant. rupert murdoch said he could not attend, but said he would give evidence. his son, james, said he couldn't make it, but would be pelased to leased to give evidence on the 10th of august. rebecca brooks welcomed the chance to do this. but she said she couldn't discuss the police
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investigation. >> the talk was of a formal summons. a fine and imprisonment from parliament. the murdochs said they would answer these questions. >> these are the questions they'll face. why did they mislead parlaiment. to stopmanagmenet fail it? >> we have given police information in the past. >> we hope the committee will want to hear the turtruth and te facts. this is about hearing from them. who knew about that? >> the lawyer of a family of
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milly dowler had doubts. >> they wil lbe skeptical, and we will see hear no evil, see no evil, threspeak no evil. they will not speak about hacking. >> neil wallace was arrested and bailed on allegations of phone hacking. he was doing p.r. work for scotland yard. >> the murdochs are on the back foot. this is in the parlaiment and the power of the media. >> that is the latest from britain, where the pressure is mounting. the f.b.i. is probing allegations that newscorp tried
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to hack the phone records of victims of 9/11. concerns were raised by peter king, and joining him was democrat bruce brailey, who asked the house oversight committee to act. thank you for joining us. tyou say in your letter you have concerns about allegations that hacking extended to u.s. citizens. >> we do know there are concerns about the possibility that voicemails from 9/11 victims were obtained. there is a chance u.s. citizens may have had their emails
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accessed by newscorp. because of the alarm about this issue, i joined peter king and louise slaughter, from new york with a strong interest in protecting those victims. they are makin gsurg sure there is no violation of u.s. law, to provide the oversight the constitution requires. >> there was a possibility of victims of this. >> this is not a fishing expedition. the chair of the homeland security committee. they would not ask the f.b.i. to investigate this. for those uof us with a sense of
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decency, we have to push for answers as to how far the reach went and who was subject to the abuses. >> nobody has come forward and said, "i think i was hacked and may be a victim." you say, "i wonder how this happened." >> 9/11 victims, for most people, this implies a u.s. citizen, even though there were many victims who were international. we have to get to the bottom of this. >> the uk has an inquiry and in australia, they may review media law. is this waht you want to see? do you want this to lead to
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greater regulation? or do you want to weed out any potential wrongdoing? >> any regulation is subject to strong protection. i was a journalism student during watergate. we learned this was about reliability. we have seen a change-up over the last 25 years. you see the blurring of the line between news gathering and invastion of sion of privacy. that is why these are serious matters deserving investigation. >> thank you for joining us, congressman. next, to syria. the deadly protests continue
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against asaad. two people were killed near the border with iraq. about 1400 civilians and 350 security personnel have died. journalists cannot travel freely, but we crossed the border near a turkish village. >> this is the only way to report freely in president asaad's syria. taking the smuggler's route. everybody treads carefully. they were told to run. >> the syrian regime has tried to control what they have seen
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and heard. >> we are traveling on the syrian border. we have to keep a low profile. we are in the back of a farmer's truck. the military has moved into this area and it is too unsafe to stay in the open. >> the security forces tried to crush anti-government forces. we are taken to a camp in the woods. it's not much, but it is home. thousands have been forced into hiding. they treat strangers with caution. all of them have a story to tell. terrorized by government attacks, in fear of a visit
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from the thugs doing the regime's dirty work. >> what is his life like? >> the syrian army and the secret police move in the trees and check on the people. they want to catch people and accuse them of being criminals. this is why nobody will return to their homes. >> the syrian army watches from the hills. they are siding with the regime. rare testimony of what that means. samir deserted after being given an order. he was told to shoot unarmed protestors in the legs. look at this rare demonstration.
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this shows what happens to those who protest. the thugs beat those who want change. this is now a fight for their future, in a country that is a fragile mix of race and religion. this arab revolution will be a long and bloody struggle. >> from the uprising in syria and libya, qadaffi has held crisis talks about fuel. the prime minister signaleled the end of italy's place in the country. whomhese are the men from ho
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col. gadaffi gets his power. they are from sabba, in the south. to the east, the rebels demand he leaves power, and the order he established being replaced. it involves not just these tribes but the westfalla, where the army is drawn. the same strenghth and unity have kept back the rebels. but there are signs of conclusion. the rebels have cut a key oil pipeline that feeds the capital. >> it may hinge on something as basic as fuel.
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>> they have betrayed the concerns and the ability of the army to fight and the regime's ability to control the pressure. the prime minister was holding crisis talks with his new oil minister, and a last-chance offer. the oil exploration contracts in exchange for a ceasefire. they are trying to drive a wedge between the nato countries. italy has more to lose here than most. >> hthe italian government needs to talk about libyan oil. >> it is smacking of
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desperation, from a goverment isolated under pressure. thehy depend on oil in the upcoming harvest. the oil crisis could yet prove the decisive factor in removing the colonel from power. >> still to come on tonight's program. italy is the latest country to roll out austerity measures to keep the debt crisis at bay. to afghanistan. five people were killed in a blast in a mosque. a man hid explosives in his turban. this took place during a memorial service for karzai's brother, wh owao was assassinat.
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four other brothers anwere there but were not hurt. >> another deadly attack. they were attending a service for the president's half- brother. they were taken away as elite police unites secured the area. among the dead, an influential cleric, a man against the taliban. the bomb may have been targeted at the elite, but the brunt was borne by afghans. others die from nato airstrikes. six villagers died in this raid, to flush out insurgents. among the victims, women and
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children. it has led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week, thousands of troops begin a withdrawal from afghanistan. questions have been raised about if they can take on the role. bbc news. >> austerity is a word many europeans have had to adopt, although this sparked massive protests. italy's senate passed their own
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cost-cutting package after investors began worrying the eurozone's third largest economy would be sucked in. this goes to parlaiment on friday. >> italian senators know their country may be drawn into a crisis effecting the eurozone. so they debated the plan to reduce the debt the country has accumulated. italy owes 1.6 trillion euros, the most indebted country in europe, with more outstanding bonds than greece, ireland, and portugal together. investers are nervous about their economy and its stability. there were desperate appeals
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from ministers. [speaking italian] >> nobody writes a budget like this without wanting public good. this will devour the future of our children. >> these appeals work, with senators voting in failure of the austerity measures, to save 47 billion euros in the next few years. by expanding the hiring freeze in the public sector and cracking down on tax evasion. 40 billion euros will only be implemented in 2014. by then there will be a new
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government. >> the political system can't face this kind of crisis. >> on friday, the people of italy will see if parlaiment votes through the austerity measures. they are aware the italian economy could bring down the eurozone if they need a bailout. >> as italy tries to put its fiscal house in order, wrangling continues over raising the national debt limit. the country will default on august 2. things are heated on capital hill. -- capitol hill. we heard about italy. european countries take
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drastic measures, but the u.s. may willingly go down the road. >> italy, greece, they are cautionary tales for lawmakers, who decided what they did not want to do. but we are going down that road as the deadline approaches. the goverment may run out of money. >> republicans are trying to close tax loopholes. they seem so far apart, even furteher apart now. >> we could get a deal. we don't know what is going on in the bargaining. both sides are reverting to type. democrats are against major
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spending. republicans won't raise taxes. at this point, they are far apart and both have an interest in not defaulting and will come to an agreement. >> the president, uncharacteristically, walked out. it doesn't look like there is a deal. >> it has become quite personal. that was between obama and eric cantor, who is under the skin of democrats. part of it may be personal. but both have an interest in common ground. there is reason for optimism. >> if the u.s. defaults, and on august 3, there are no checks and interest rates rise, who
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will come out blamed by the voters? >> that is what neither side wants to find out. they cannot be sure if the other side will not get the blame. it is not clear at all. if social security money was cut off, benefits to the military. the worst consideration is the long-term borrowing. ." >> we will wait and see. thank you for joining us. if debt is not a safe investment, what about jane austen's earliest work? a handwritten draft of a book
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that was never solpublished has sold for triple the estimate. who owns the 68 pages of "the watsons?" >> an expert from "the watsons," ," whose father plans to kill off -- but then austen's father actually died. she abandoned the story. >> today, the fragment was sold at auction. bidding was fair with interest from around the world. [applause] >> the manuscript was sold for just under a million pounds. it was three times the estimated
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value. this is something you can buy in book form, and you can see it online. >> there is a chance this can go abroad. but it was bought by a british institution in oxford. >> it is worth every penny. this is the last fiction manuscript in private ownership, and we felt we had to get it to public ownership. >> jane austen is one of the most difficult writers to see in the act of greatness. it is so scarce it may be considered priceless. >> that is a holiday read. thank you for watching. please tune in tomorrow.
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